Published on July 12, 2022

Regional Program Receives AHA’s Mission Lifeline EMS Award for the Eighth Consecutive Year

Photo of American Heart Association 2022 Mission Lifeline Gold Plus EMS Award.MyMichigan Medical Center EMS in Midland, Gladwin and Alpena, in collaboration with MyMichigan’s Regional STEMI Alert Program partners, has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. This is the eighth consecutive year MyMichigan has been recognized and the third consecutive year for receiving the Gold Plus designation.

Each year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years. They must have also achieved a Silver or Gold Award level during the previous year.

“MyMichigan Health is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for the past eight years for our dedication to providing the highest level of care to our heart attack patients,” said Interventional Cardiologist Michael Lauer, M.D., director of MyMichigan’s Regional STEMI Program. “The AHA’s Mission: Lifeline initiative puts proven knowledge and evidence-based treatment guidelines to work on a daily basis so patients have the best possible chance of survival. We are extremely grateful for their ongoing support.”

The AHA’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

Photo of MyMichigan Medical Center EMS STEMI team assisting a patient into an ambulance.

MyMichigan Medical Center EMS STEMI Team

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient.”

MyMichigan Health’s Regional STEMI Alert Program was designed to train paramedics on how to quickly identify STEMI patients so that they can implement life-saving protocols to bypass the closest Emergency Department and take the patient to the nearest Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Center. The program is approved for up to a 70-minute patient transport time to MyMichigan Medical Center Midland, the nearest PCI Center. To ensure overall success of the program, MyMichigan Medical Center EMS actively collaborates with other local EMS agencies to provide training and share best practices. These partner EMS agencies include Denton Township EMS, Houghton Lake EMS, Ogemaw County EMS and MMR-West.

Those who would like more information on MyMichigan’s Regional STEMI Alert Program may visit www.mymichigan.org/stemi.

About Mission: Lifeline
Mission: Lifeline® is the American Heart Association's national initiative to advance the System of Care for patients with acute, high-risk time sensitive life and/or quality of life threatening disease states, such as ST Elevate Myocardial Infarction (STEMI Heart Attack), Non-ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction (NSTEMI Heart Attack), Stroke and Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest. The overarching goals of Mission: Lifeline are to bring stakeholders together in a collaborative manner and to reduce mortality and morbidity for these patients while improving overall quality of care and patient outcomes.